The Shadow of Death

I will fear no evil (2)

Happy Thursday to you!

Novak Djokovic just won the Gentlemen’s Tennis Championship at Wimbledon on Sunday!

France just won the World Cup on Sunday!

Jordan Spieth just finished at 1 over at the Open Championships at Carnoustie, Scotland today! (The British Open)

And I am just six days removed from officiating the memorial service for a three year old little boy named Zachary who drowned in his backyard pool.
That reality weighs much heavier on my heart and mind than the aforementioned sporting events.

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Paths of righteousness

Paths of Righteousness

“He leads me in paths of righteousness, for his name’s sake.” (Psalm 23: 3)

Remember reading this classic poem by Robert Frost?
Check it out below…

 The Road Not Taken
By Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
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Jesus is known as the “Righteous One” (1 John 2: 1)
When I follow Jesus, He leads me down paths, byways, highways and roads less traveled by which are “righteous.”

He does so for “his name’s sake.”
His reputation and His name are at stake for which road He leads us on.
The “righteous one” cannot lead me down paths which are “unrighteous.”
If He did what would that suggest for “his name’s sake”?

Listen to what Jesus says:
“Enter through the narrow gate.
For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction,
and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (Matthew 7: 13-14)

Lots of roads will be diverging today for you to choose to travel upon.
Some will be broad and some will be narrow.
Some will be easy to take and some will be difficult to navigate.

Let me encourage you to let Jesus lead you through the narrow and less traveled road.
I do believe that will make all the difference!

SeeingGodatWorkEveryDay…
Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

www.daviddendy.com

Last night…

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The day after the 242nd birthday of the United States of America!

Last night I watched the “Red rockets red glare” and the “Bombs bursting in air”.
They “gave proof through the night, that our flag was still there”…
Two hundred and forty-two years later!

Last night I sang the “Star Spangled Banner” for the one millionth time…
I got chill bumps while singing, like I do EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

A friend of mine shared this remembrance of her dad singing the Star Spangled Banner rather loudly at some event:
When I was young I would say “Dad, that’s embarrassing when you sing it that loud”.
And he’d say “it’s embarrassing when you don’t “.

Last night, as I watched the fireworks my heart was moved to tears of joy as my mind drifted into imagining every community which has watched fireworks over the last 242 years celebrating our independence and freedom.

From the town squares in Georgia to the circle in Orange, California.
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Headlights

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I pulled into the parking garage at the hospital. As I crept closer to the dark wall before me in my chosen parking space, the headlights of my 2006 Nissan Maxima automatically came on.

Problem…
Only one came on.
Problem…
The one illuminated headlight was only half-lit.

After my hospital visit another meeting beckoned.
After that meeting another meeting at the church beckoned (a lot of beckoning yesterday!).
That last meeting lasted until 8:00 pm.
Time to go home.
Problem…
Darkness covered the land!

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All Dressed Up

Yellow Isolation Gown

Izzy is 94 years old!
Izzy is a hoot with a quick wit, contagious laugh and the best sense of humor.
Izzy is also in the hospital.

I stood in the doorway to her hospital room and saw her sitting down with Nurse Amanda attending to her.

I shouted her name followed by shouting my own name as a way of introduction.
Izzy looked at Nurse Amanda quizzically, “Who’s at the door?”
Nurse Amanda shouted from eighteen inches away – “It’s David Dendy!”

Picture big smile floating across Izzy’s face with an affirmative nod of the head.

Nurse Amanda, wearing a thin, gauzy, yellow isolation gown along with bright blue latex gloves, pointed at herself and said, “You’re going to have to get dressed…” (Interpretation – “Put on a gown and blue latex gloves like me…”)

I quickly shouted back at Nurse Amanda – “But Izzy likes to see me undressed!”
Izzy’s uproarious laugh could be heard through the whole South Wing of the hospital.

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Bellying Up to the Bar

Three Angry Wives

Bellying Up to the Bar

It was 3:00 in the afternoon.
And there I was bellying up to the bar ordering my standard “Gin and Tonic.”

I have never, ever, ever, never been in a bar at 3:00 in the afternoon on a week day.
Yet, there I was saying, “Yes, I would like a lime with that. Is there any other way to drink it?” to the blonde bartender.

Call it chance.
Call it coincidence.
I call it the providence of God.

At 2:53 in the afternoon I was pulling out of the parking lot of my Chiropractor.
As I was leaving I noticed a gentleman pulling into the parking lot who attends my church occasionally. I quickly made a U-turn to offer a quick hello.

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